Life Through Social Media
Corruption in Media?
Media has formed society into what it is today. People walk on the streets of the world and within a blink of an eye, their whole image is surrounded by media. From magazines to pictures to television shows, all of these promote either positive or negative into the brains of society. Little girls are being challenged to have complete resemblance to the “beautiful” women on the magazines that weigh around 110 pounds and are as tall as 5”11- promoting negative thinking. Media can also be portrayed negatively with the click of a button. The internet has been a main site for media including social networking sites, ads, and even television shows. Social media requires media literacy in order to be a positive environment in the electronic world. In order to be media literate, one must always let their brains work faster than their fingers. It’s no longer “think before you speak”, it’s now “think before you type.” In this new society, most of our everyday problems are due to miscommunication because we are typing out our feelings instead of saying them aloud to the person we are talking to. Now, sarcasm is not heard so when read over the internet, it is taken offensively and that is just one cause to our corruption in the social media world today. If one wants to be media literate, they must use the social media world to a small amount and let their words be the main source of their communication. Most teens this day don’t understand that whatever it placed on the internet will remain there forever-even if it’s deleted.
Corruption in Our "Unified" World
Make Love, Not War.
Honors Lit- 2nd block
10 February 2014
Axe Peace Précis
In the commercial for Axe cologne entitled Axe Peace (2014), it asserts that our world should be revolving more around love and peace rather than war by initially starting the commercial with the idea of hatred and war and in the end, revolving it into misinterpreted actions of love. Axe supports their thesis by demonstrating war using the tank guns regularly seen in war scenes, bombing device and our American troops about to attack which initiates our first thought to tragedy; however, the scenes revolve into a loving gesture like the dictator presenting something special to his wife, and the two men who surprised their wives back home which changes our point of view to emotional. The author’s purpose is to connect people all around the world using a subject that bites deep into the veins of their heart in order to explain that people may be misinterpreted but anyone can use the Axe fragrance and it can bring love into their hearts and hopefully spark a relationship between two people. The author writes in an emotional tone for the men and women around the world fighting for their country to get out the word of love and let it be used by anyone.
I Am Grateful
I love Jesus. Life meant nothing, life had no existence, life was meaningless, life was empty without Him. Everything was going to be pointless and with no meaning if there was no Jesus. God created the world and when sin entered the world, He knew He had to do something to prevent sin from entering our lives and making us live eternally without Him. So, He gave His one and only son, one and only, to die for our sins and we are forever thankful. Although no one seems to be thankful and seems to be oblivious to Him and how He’s always there for us, He is never mad or unforgiving. I’m so thankful that my Jesus has saved me and for that I am eternally grateful and I am not worthy of that. My life is changed for the better because I have a savior and I know He will always be there for me regardless when no one else will be. It’s a comforting thought to know I always have someone to hold my hand even when my world feels like it is falling apart. With Jesus, I am changed and I am a new creation through the power of Christ. My best choice in my whole entire life was telling Jesus to come into my life because “God is within her, she will not fall.” Psalms 46:5 Jesus Jesus Jesus Thankful Thankful Thankful Sin Sin Sin Life Life Life Empty Empty Empty New New New Creation Creation Creation
Satire News Article
Lauren Dangerfield- Current Event Reporter
Tues. March 18, 2014
ATLANTA- Teenage girls and boys can’t even handle thinking about meeting their idol in person one day. Some may call it obsession; it is famously named as Fangirling. Fangirling is a random outbreak of cries, laughter, chill bumps and screams when the person witnesses their “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” talking, singing, and even breathing. This common case of Fangirling can be towards famous people or simply towards the breathtakingly beautiful people seen just a couple miles away.
In the past years, sales for T-shirts, tickets, and used tissues from the raided trash cans have increased miraculously. Honestly, who wouldn’t want a used tissue from Justin Bieber? I would, especially since there might be remains of his substances used recently- talk about money. Now, who exactly goes trash can diving in the famous people’s trash and how are they allowed in? This must be a type of cult formed to get all of them... oh wait, that’s the fangirls of the world.
I’ve decided to research this topic more and I came across a famous Viner, an application on all smart phones that allows you to record up to six seconds of funny scenes, and she agreed to meet with me and answer a couple of my questions.
We ended meeting up at my business office and she requested that her name not be given out to the public so I shall refer to her as Anon. I continued to ask Anon, “Why would you spend your time obsessing over Justin when you can be meeting new males who may want to date you? You’re chances of meeting Justin are slim to none.” Obviously, what I had said had unfortunately upset her and she stormed out. A couple days later, I was scrolling across her Vine page and found a new video posted a couple minutes after I had left that was imitating me and responding in a way I cannot repeat. I guess all the Beliebers out there are becoming more rebellious just like the number one Bieber.
So, I continue in my search to find out why any person would care to obsess over a famous person in such a way that causes imaginary heart break and constant pain of not meeting them. I feel my next victims will be the Twilight fans. Should I interview Team Jacob or Team Edward first? I heard Team Edward was really cold-hearted.
Reaction to 1984
In the novel, they have gotten rid of family, love, any kind of individual thought and the feeling of existence. The whole novel is a distortion on human reality and it left me in pure horror.
At the end when Julia and Winston finally met again, there was nothing left in their hearts towards each other and it left me hanging on a thread, unsure whether to be upset or confused. The ending left my heart twisted with the knowledge of realizing that love was completely gone forever in that society.
When I finally finished the book at home, I sat there in pure silence- pondering the connection to the society in 1984 and our society in 2014. If Orwell predicted this world in 1949 to be this way 40 years later, could it possibly still happen? Although our world is not as extreme as the novel, some aspects are turning true. For example, love is being tossed around like another word with marriages failing, relationships with children plummeting and sex being just an action instead of an act with feeling. Could our world soon turn out this way in the future? 65 years after the book was published, the words are starting to rise to the top... but what about 65 years from today?
Senior Media Literacy
This class was much more different then I had imagined it to be. I thought it would be reading literature every day and comparing the culture in Britain to our culture in America. I was wrong. They decided to change the course on us and switch it to Media Literacy. I’m not quite sure why and I’m still unsure of this change. I wanted to be more educated on the wonderful works of literature to prepare myself for literature in college but instead, I was educated on how to be safe on computers and how you should be careful what you post on the internet. In all honesty, I didn’t enjoy this course and I feel I didn’t take much from it. I hope this doesn’t change my grade but I really enjoy literature like poems, essays and analyzing them and seeing how the poet’s language is not straight forward and having to put pieces together like a puzzle in order to try to comprehend the work of art. This media literacy class is well done; don’t get me wrong, I just wish we had made that a chapter of the unit and not the whole semester’s unit for the class. In the future, I feel as though other students would enjoy this class more if we started to read more poems that relate to social media and novels if possible. The class could still be based on the media world, but a lot more students would go home more educated every day if we tried to squeeze in more written pieces. I think the idea for this class was put together very well and since it was the first semester of this new class, I understand that it is still a work in progress. I hope this helps all the teachers next year in preparing for the next seniors and allowing their brains to absorb more information on our literature instead of absorbing more information on the internet and our society. I also hope it will keep the rising seniors busy and allow their minds to indulge in this unit of literature.